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CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

| 16 September 2016 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are Caroline/429 Records 16 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 It’s hard to know where to start with Meat Loaf’s thirteenth studio album Braver Than We Are. Some will inevitably compare it (unfavourably) to 1977’s Bat Out Of Hell – still the high water mark for […]

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CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

| 14 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Rat Pak Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Michael Sweet’s voice is instantly recognizable, regardless of the material he sings… Stryper, Boston, or solo stuff.  His voice has graced eleven new tracks on his latest release One Sided War from Rat Pak Records, with a bonus track […]

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CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

| 10 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Outright Rock Records Release Date: August 19, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You just never know what you get when someone hands you a disc and tells you they are in a band and would appreciate a review.  In the case of the EP from The Killing Floor, I got a […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE PORCARO – Someday / Somehow

CD REVIEW: STEVE PORCARO – Someday / Somehow

| 3 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Porcara Musica Release Date: June 10, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It’s always strange to hear a solo CD from an artist that is so aligned with a certain band and sound.  To know that some of the tracks on the disc are more than 30 years old makes this disc even […]

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CD REVIEW: ONE LESS REASON – The Memories Uninvited

CD REVIEW: ONE LESS REASON – The Memories Uninvited

| 27 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Tattooed Millionaire Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I remember reviewing the last release from this band and thinking they may be on to something.  Then they disappeared and took a few years to pull together new material and ready it for public consumption.  That wait has culminated in […]

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CD / DVD REVIEW: KISS – Kiss Rocks Vegas

CD / DVD REVIEW: KISS – Kiss Rocks Vegas

| 24 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Anyone who knows me may think I am a bit prejudiced when reviewing anything KISS, but how can you not be?  I mean, they are after all the ‘Hottest Band In The World.’  Watching and listening to this live […]

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CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi

CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi Independent 6 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Dylan Wickens and his Grand Naturals have rhythm and soul, man, and bring both to this schmoovely groovy little gem of a record. Most of all though, they’ve got the blues pulsating through […]

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CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria

CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria Wolverine Records February 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 OOF!!!! That’s the punch in the guts of the Hellfreaks’ third album, Astoria. Combining Bánhegyi Tamás’ Dead Kennedys agit-punk buzzsaw guitar and the I’m-Mad-As-Hell-and-I’m-Not-Gonna-Take-It-Any-More vocals of Shakey Sue, opener Burn The Horizon sets the tone for an album […]

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CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below

CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below Wunderkind/Mushroom 15 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 In the beginning there were four sisters – Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay. They lived on a farm in rural Victoria and to entertain themselves they all mucked around on musical instruments and raided their parents’ record […]

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CD REVIEW: SPENCER MACKENZIE – Infected With The Blues

CD REVIEW: SPENCER MACKENZIE – Infected With The Blues

| 18 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SPENCER MACKENZIE – Infected With The Blues Independent 13 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 “I got the blues running through my veins” sings baby faced 16-year-old prodigy Spencer Mackenzie, and you might scoff at the kid’s presumption. He doesn’t shirk from these doubts though, going on to sing, “people say I’m […]

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CD REVIEW: HEADLINE MANIAC – Headline Maniac

CD REVIEW: HEADLINE MANIAC – Headline Maniac

| 18 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: HEADLINE MANIAC – Headline Maniac Rod Hot Records 8 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Listening to Brits Headline Maniac gives me visions of the early-‘80s video clips, where shaggy-haired singers sporting cool shades sang catchy, anthemic choruses with absolutely no chance of being criminally labelled pre-this or post-that. Behind them, guitarists […]

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CD REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – Lovely Sort Of Death

CD REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – Lovely Sort Of Death

| 18 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: August 5, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Anders Manga’s latest Bloody Hammers release takes a step away from what he has done in the past, but not with any negative connotation.  The addition of Moog and a heavier twist to the lyrical content drives the mood and sound of […]

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CD REVIEW: BLACKFOOT – Southern Native

CD REVIEW: BLACKFOOT – Southern Native

| 10 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Loud & Proud Records Release Date: August 5, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With its latest effort spearheaded by founding member and current Lynyrd Skynyrd lead guitarist Ricky Medlock, I wasn’t sure how southern fried the new disc from this revamped lineup would be, but put the Rebel banners down and […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE VAI – Modern Primitive

CD REVIEW: STEVE VAI – Modern Primitive

| 9 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STEVE VAI – Modern Primitive Epic/Legacy/Sony 24 June, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 In contemplating the 25th anniversary of his seminal Passion & Warfare album – certainly the moment when his creative and commercial aspirations collided most fruitfully, rewarding him with a U.S. Gold album – guitar shaman Steve Vai dug deep […]

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CD REVIEW: KING OF THE NORTH – Get Out Of Your World

CD REVIEW: KING OF THE NORTH – Get Out Of Your World

| 9 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: KING OF THE NORTH – Get Out Of Your World Dirty Rock Records 5 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 Rock n’ Roll ain’t dead, but large tracts of it are a stagnant swamp which haven’t been bothered by an original idea in decades. King Of The North are one of […]

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CD REVIEW: EN CASA del HERRERO – Tradicción

CD REVIEW: EN CASA del HERRERO – Tradicción

| 9 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: EN CASA del HERRERO – Tradicción Mandeo Records 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 A double set by the Spanish band En Casa del Herrero, led by vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player Eduardo Herrero, Tradicción encompasses songs sung in English, Galician (the co-official language of the Spanish region Galicia, where the […]

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CD REVIEW: BACK IN BLUE – A Blues Tribute To AC/DC

CD REVIEW: BACK IN BLUE – A Blues Tribute To AC/DC

| 8 August 2016 | 2 Replies

CD REVIEW: BACK IN BLUE – A Blues Tribute To AC/DC Rhythm Section 19 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I’ve lost count of the amount of interviews I’ve done where my interviewee has cited AC/DC as the link between the blues and rock. “[When] you get into hard rock and heavy metal and […]

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CD REVIEW: STRATOVARIUS – Best Of

CD REVIEW: STRATOVARIUS – Best Of

| 8 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STRATOVARIUS – Best Of e-a-r music/Sony 20 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 A top ten band in their native Finland, and regular chart-botherers throughout Europe and Japan, Stratovarius remain cult favourites in Australia and America, much like a lot of Heavy Metal bands. Perhaps the mainstream music industry and radio don’t […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Make Some Noise

CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Make Some Noise

| 4 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: August 5, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some groups pull together killer lineups and put out great songs – The Dead Daisies seem to do it time and time again.  With another tweaked lineup, the band has issued their third full-length release and has hit […]

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CD REVIEW: OLIVIA LANE – Olivia Lane

CD REVIEW: OLIVIA LANE – Olivia Lane

| 27 July 2016 | Reply

Label: Big Spark Music Group Date: July 29, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest EP from Olivia Lane shows the artist making strides in maturity and sound from her previous EP and singles.  This 7-song release demonstrates the rich depth of her vocals, the crossover ability of her sound, and her […]

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